A man was swimming in a reservoir when a crocodile bit him and dragged him screaming below the surface – with the horrifying incident caught on video.
Amit Jatav, 30, was cooling off with his pal Gajendra Yadav in Kaliasot Dam in Bhopal, central India, when the beast attacked.
Footage shows the pair treading water and casually chatting in the lake.
Suddenly, Amit screams and thrashes and is pulled under the water by the unseen animal, leaving just a ripple where he had been swimming moments before.
The man-eating crocodile had grabbed hold of his leg with its powerful jaws and was trying to drown him, but quick-thinking pal Gajendra came to the rescue.
Realising instantly that he was dealing with a crocodile attack, Gajendra dived under the water and followed the beast, which he reckoned was swimming about 6ft below the surface.
He swam with his eyes closed and felt its scaly skin by touch – then jabbed it with the selfie stick he was still holding onto.
The croc then released its grim on Amit and Gajendra was able to drag his friend back to land and call for an ambulance.
Amit, who is recovering in hospital, needed 30 stitches for the gruesome injury caused by the animal but said he feels lucky to be alive.
He told The Times of India: “I could feel it biting down on my thigh. It was dragging me under.
“I thought this is it – I’m dead.
“Had it not been for my friend I’d have been killed for sure.”
This comes after a brave mum wrestled with a man-eating crocodile to save it from a crocodile on the banks of the Runde River in Zimbabwe.
And an 11-year-old managed to defeat a crocodile trying to eat her friend by gouging its eyes with her fingers.
Heroic Rebecca said: “I jumped on top of the crocodile and started beating it with my hands before using my fingers to poke its eyes until it released her.
“Once she was free, I swam with her to the bank where the other children pulled her out of the water.”